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Fourth Grade Projects Inspired by Author’s Artwork

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During their reader’s workshop, the students in Ms. Spizuco’s fourth grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School studied different memoirs. In particular, the students learned about author Lois Ehlert and the inspiration for her artwork and illustrations in her books. Ehlert only uses scraps and items she can find around the house or outdoors and creates her art using only scraps. As an extra credit project, students made their own artwork or projects using scrap items they collected.

Dreaming Big During Math Lesson

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During their recent math lesson, the third graders in Ms. Masure’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School studied area. As a culminating activity, the students created their own dream houses on grids. They could add whatever rooms they wanted in their dream houses but had to calculate the area of each room. Once complete, the students calculated the total area of their homes.

Mittens Make Cozy Space for Winter Animals

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Second graders in Ms. Byrnes’ class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School are working on an author study of Jan Brett. They kicked off the study by reading, “The Mitten,” which tied in to the winter animals unit. Each student chose an animal to hide in the mitten and noticed that these are many of the same animals that hibernate in the winter.

A Virtual Trip Around the World for Holiday Celebrations

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Students in Ms. Sudano’s second grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School are learning about holidays around the world. The students each created suitcases to hold all of their materials as they “travel” around the world in each lesson.

Their journey began with a plane ticket and a flight to the country using Google Earth. The students located the country on a world map and explored what it looks like. They read about the country, the culture and how they celebrate the holidays and wrote down facts about what they learned.

Following each visit, the students get a stamp on their passport before visiting the next country. Students have learned about Diwali, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year and Christmas in Mexico, Italy, Germany, Australia and France.

Student-Artists Show Off Pixelated Pieces

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Fifth graders in Jodie Embleton’s art class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School recently created pixelated art projects. The students began by creating a grid of their design. They used 1-inch lines and measured and precut their squares to create different images, such as pancakes, sushi and pizza and cheeseburgers.